Building adaptive capacity and resilience of the forestry sector in Cape Verde

Building adaptive capacity and resilience of the forestry sector in Cape Verde

At a glance

Active programmes
Cape Verde
Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (MAA), Indirect management with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Total budget
GCCA priority area(s)
Effects of climate change on the region

The main project objective is to increase resilience and enhance key adaptive capacity to address the additional risks posed by climate change to desertification and land degradation in Cape Verde at national level. In particular, this project strives to foster participatory forest management to adapt to climate change induced desertification and build community resilience in Santiago, Fogo and Boavista Islands (for their inherent specificities within the archipelago). In addition, this project aims at addressing national climate change mitigation targets, as indicated in Cape Verde INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions), by contributing to approximately 10% of the intended national reforestation target and CO2 removal.

Finally, the main project objective supports national (terrestrial) biodiversity conservation by reinforcing current fragmented terrestrial ecosystems, decreasing habitat loss and encouraging natural regeneration.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope

The project expected results include:

  • enabling framework development and capacity building for climate change adaptation policy in forest restoration and management at the national and local level,

  • reducing Cape Verde desertification by climate change adaptation activities via participatory forest management in the islands of Santiago, Boavista and Fogo,

  • knowledge creation and managements regarding climate resilient practices in Cape Verde.

The project will support national programmes to maintain economic development and reduce poverty. This project will ensure that, in selected local municipalities, forestry and agro-forestry practices continue to be sufficient through local climate change threats, thereby providing a basic resource for livelihoods, agriculture and local livelihoods. At the national level, this project will ensure that there is capacity to provide the services and ensure the national forestry policy and practices are in line with growing demands, and that water is not a constraint to development, tourism and poverty reduction. This project will also develop national capacity (in terms of policy, plans and planning, information systems) at a series of affected municipalities across Cape Verde (Santiago, Boavista and Fogo). The project will also demonstrate a series of climate change adapting technologies and practices at vulnerable and affected sites. These demonstrated practices will feed up into the capacity development processes. Finally, the project will ensure that lessons are learnt and disseminated, and that sustainable networks, platforms and information systems are operating.